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Communities Fighting for Social Change

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Intimate stories of one Rust Belt city's struggle to recover in the post-recession economy. FRONTLINE reports on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio, a once-booming city where nearly 35 percent of people now live in poverty.
Welcome Nowhere - A Community of Roma People Fighting for Homes
Narrated by multi-Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, WELCOME NOWHERE tells the true story of one community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) living in Bulgaria. After being evicted from their homes, over 200 of them are forced to live in shantytowns without proper sanitation. Despite years of promises from…
Target: St. Louis - Environmental Racism During the Cold War
Post-Hiroshima, the US Army engaged in classified open-air studies on the effects of aerosol radiation. Low-income African-Americans in St. Louis were the unwitting subjects of that testing, by design. TARGET: ST. LOUIS investigates historical catalysts for these events, tracing firsthand accounts and questions from survivors to subsequent Federal legislation requiring…
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Twenty years after the House of Commons promised "to eliminate poverty among Canadian children," 8-year-old Isaiah is trying hard to grow up healthy, smart and well adjusted despite the odds stacked against him. Isaiah knows he's been categorized as "less fortunate," and his short life has seen more than his…
Detroit 48202 - Conversations Along a Postal Route
This documentary examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years. We take a journey with Wendell along his route, which winds through the center of what was,…
Not in My Neighbourhood - Urban Activists Fighting Against Spatial Violence
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Traffic Stop - The Unlawful Arrest of Breaion King
From the two-time Peabody Award-winning team of director Kate Davis and producer David Heilbroner (The Newburgh Sting, Stonewall Uprising), this haunting and compelling Academy Award®-nominated documentary short tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American schoolteacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped in 2015 for a routine traffic violation…
The Homestretch - Three Homeless Teenagers Fighting for Their Future
This Emmy-winning documentary follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone…
Night School - Four Students Fight for Success in Indiana's Troubled School System
Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Victims of circumstance and a broken system, Greg, Melissa, and Shynika are optimistic that they won't end up on the wrong side of statistics. Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. Winner of the Grand Prize and…
74 Square Meters (74 Metros Cuadrados ) - Following Families in Chile as they Attempt to Integrate into Middle Class Communities
This film follows a social experiment that moves marginalized families into a middle class neighborhood in Valparaiso, Chile. Iselsa and Cathy decide to take part in a project designed by leaders in social architecture which allow them to buy their own home and integrate them into a middle class neighborhood.…
Spanish Lake - Political and Economic Oppression in Missouri
A bold and uncompromising documentary focused on economic oppression in the suburb of Spanish Lake, Missouri. Operating without a local government, the lack of community leadership has disastrous effects, including a mass exodus of the white population in the late 1990's. The themes of the film parallel America's growing political…
Something in the Water - The Flint Water Crisis
Part of the Series: America Divided
While most people are aware of the basic contours of the Flint water story, AMERICA DIVIDED goes deeper. Correspondent Rosario Dawson investigates how a government could poison its own citizens, what hidden forces may have been at work, and how specific policies unique to Michigan, led not only to the…